MIDWAY, AR- The death of 20 year old Roy Lee Hogans, who died in December as a result of stab wounds, was Justifiable Homicide, according to the 14th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 pm on December 5, 2012 at a home in Midway, Arkansas.
More than a dozen law enforcement and investigators with the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas State Police were involved in the investigation.
12 witnesses were interviewed and three search warrants were executed at three different locations during the course of the investigation.
Evidence collected and witness statements indicate that some time during that evening in December, a fight took place between the victim, Roy Hogans and the father of Hogans’ girlfriend, 44 year old Kenneth Carl Kitch resulting in Kitch being injured.
After being separated, Kitch was taken into the house to treat his wounds.
Later Kitch walked out of the house and a second fight occurred.
The two men were fighting on the ground with Hogans on top of Kitch.
During the course of the fight a knife was brandished by Hogans and during the struggle, Hogans was stabbed three times in the chest area.
The two were separated again with Hogans going into the house and Kitch was taken to another residence.
A short time later Hogans was discovered in the back yard, bleeding severely.
He was taken into the kitchen where it is believed he died from his wounds.
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and State Police presented the case to Prosecutor Ron Kincade on Monday.
After reviewing the case, Kincade met with investigators this morning and made the ruling of Justifiable Homicide.
Charges are pending against Kitch for his conduct during the investigation.
Kitch, who resides in Yellville, is currently incarcerated in the Arkansas Department of Correction relating to a conviction on drug related charges from Marion County.
At the time of the incident, Kitch had been convicted but was out of jail in Marion County waiting for bed space to become available at the prison.